As you get older it’s important to stay connected with friends, family and others in your community. Engaging with others helps to keep your mind active, gives you a sense of purpose, improves your wellbeing and makes you feel happy.
Here are our top seven ways to help you get out and about and socialise with like-minded people.
- Get tech savvy
Using online apps such as Facebook and Instagram is an easy way to stay connected with family and friends. You can also video chat, send a message or share photos with the tap of a button. If you need help to get online (safely), you can find a course in the Tech Savvy Seniors Queensland Program.
- Join a club
Whether your passion is crafting, going for long walks, enjoying a bike ride, reading or you simply love to keep fit, there is sure to be a local club you can join. Doing what you love with like-minded people is one of the best and easiest ways to stay connected with others.
- Learn a new skill
As you get older, it’s important to keep learning. It’s even better when you can do it in a class setting. Maybe you could learn a new language? Or would like to play your favourite song on the piano? Perhaps you’ve always wanted to know how to crochet or turn wood? Whatever the case, it’s much more fun to learn with others.
- Walk with friends
Heading out for a daily stroll with a friend or catching up for a walk once a week is a great way to unwind, while hitting your exercise goals. You may even have a walking group in your area, where you can meet new friends. And why not set the local café as your destination – so you can also enjoy a tea or coffee!
Helping out in your community is a wonderful way to connect and engage with others. You not only get to share your skills, talent and experience, but you are also helping people or animals in need. There are many non-profit organisations that are looking for volunteers, simply choose one that is close to your heart.
- Schedule time in your diary
If you find it difficult to get out and about, why not schedule time each day to get in touch with family, friends and neighbours. You can catch up with them in person, give them a call, send a text or email, or post them a lovely card.
- Live it up at Living Gems
It’s easy to meet new people and stay connected at Living Gems. Our lifestyle resorts are designed for you to socialise and stay active. There are plenty of activities on hand (think ten-pin bowling, tennis, swimming, crafting, snooker and movies) and lots of beautiful, shared spaces where you can catch-up with friends.
To learn more about the fun social life that could be yours at Living Gems, get in touch with our team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to show you around.